Providing Excellence in Education for Optometric Educators

The mission of the Optometric Education Section of the American Academy of Optometry is to serve the educational needs of its membership by advancing research, promoting innovation in optometric education, encouraging visionary thinking, supporting ethical practices, and affirming provocative concepts in optometric education worldwide. In achieving its mission the Section:

  1. Initiates forums on research in optometric education.
  2. Disseminates knowledge of innovation in professional education.
  3. Serves a visionary role in the advancement of new teaching and learning methodologies.
  4. Advocates for faculty and students engaged in optometric education.
  5. Collaborates with other sections in the joint sponsorship of educational programs.
  6. Enhances the commitment of Academy members to highest ethical and professional standards of optometric education.

Section Officers

Image of Michael J Giese, OD, PhD, FAAO

Chair

Michael J Giese, OD, PhD, FAAO

mgiese1960@gmail.com
Image of Daniel Arnett Taylor, OD, EdD, MS, FAAO

Program Chair

Daniel Arnett Taylor, OD, EdD, MS, FAAO

taylod57@ferris.edu
Image of Patricia K Hrynchak, OD, MScCH(HPTE), FAAO

Section Vice Chair

Patricia K Hrynchak, OD, MScCH(HPTE), FAAO

hrynchak@uwaterloo.ca
Image of Marlee M Spafford, OD, PhD, FAAO

Diplomate Chair

Marlee M Spafford, OD, PhD, FAAO

mspaffor@uwaterloo.ca
Image of Daniel A Bastian, OD, FAAO

Workshop Chair

Daniel A Bastian, OD, FAAO

bastiand@neco.edu
Image of Meredith M Whiteside, OD, FAAO

Immediate Past Chair

Meredith M Whiteside, OD, FAAO

mwhitesi@berkeley.edu
Image of Nancy B Carlson, OD, FAAO

Committee Members

Nancy B Carlson, OD, FAAO

carlsonn@neco.edu
Image of Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO

Committee Members

Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO

deniala@neco.edu
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Communications Chair

Vikki Yu, OD, FAAO

vyu@berkeley.edu